Join Kevin Kelly for an in-depth discussion in this video What you should know before watching this course, part of Social Media in the Classroom.
- This lynda.com course has no prerequisites. No matter how much experience you have with social media, teaching, or both there should be some strategies for you to try. To keep you from creating accounts in three kajillion different social media tools, I'll refer primarily to just a few of the most common platforms. However, if you already use a specific social media tool, you can still apply the learning activities. I'll also show you some alternative tools that provide greater security or accessibility, like TodaysMeet. If you need help creating an account in one of the social media tools we discuss, here are some resources related to the most popular platforms.
Facebook has a page that outlines how to create an account. Similarly, Twitter has a page that describes the signup process. Not to be outdone, Google will tell you how to create a Google account which gives you access to social media tools like Google+ and YouTube, as well as other tools like Google Apps and Gmail. If you already have social media accounts, consider creating a second one just for your class. This will help you keep your personal life private. If you become interested in a topic I don't cover in detail, lynda.com has several resources that complement this course such as the course Up and Running with Twitter with Maria Langer.
Look at certain chapters in the weekly video series Teacher Tips with Aaron Quigley. This one here is called "Creating social learning experiences." Last, some articles are good too. Take a look at the article "Teacher Tips: Using Social Media in the Classroom" by Ashley Kennedy. If you have a specific challenge you want to solve, then feel free to jump around this course. If you aren't sure where to start, then start at the beginning of the course and work your way through. For topics that are more complex or have many examples, I have provided exercise files.
I'll mention them as we go. Finally, to practice what I preach, I'm going to use social media as a part of this lynda.com course. At the end of each video, I'll share some Twitter hashtags so you can share your reflections or how you use social media in your classroom. You can use the hashtag for this course: #lyndasocialclassroom to find ideas shared by me and everyone else who participates in this course.
- Moving from social networking to "social netlearning"
- Balancing social media with in-class activities
- Creating social media guidelines
- Using Twitter for polls
- Using Facebook for student-generated test questions
- Connecting to real-world scenarios and people
- Using ReadWriteThink and Facebook to construct timelines
- Using Flickr and YouTube to collect student fieldwork
- Showcasing student work in online portfolios